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    Log entries (229)

    Atlantic Crossings

    After 15 days in the Azores, we are facing a second crossing of this great blue ocean, heading for Bermuda—a 13-day journey this time. We’re a little apprehensive because the first Atlantic crossing was, one might say, a tad rough.

    And a great wind rose

    Thank you all for your kind wishes. My 50 birthday candles were accompanied by gusts of 45 knots on the wharf at Horta Marina, here in the Azores.

    Of Gods and Men

    Aeolus snuffed out our expectations on this first day off the Azores. The Sedna IV__ performed well in the wind, presenting her fore and mizzen sails as offerings, but even with her new azure sailcloth, the ruler of the winds was not appeased.

    Of ropes and knots

    Docking is no easy task when it comes to preparing, throwing and securing all the ropes. “Parking” a 500-ton ship is slightly more involved, not to mention much more delicate, than parking a small car by the curb!

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    Arrivée à l'île de la Réunion

    Voyez l’arrivée du Sedna IV à l’île de la Réunion après une longue traversée de l’océan Indien en novembre dernier.

    1000 jours derrière la caméra

    Voyez un portrait de Yanick Rose, notre co-réalisateur et directeur photo de la mission.

    La culture des algues

    Voyagez à Lembongan en Indonésie afin d’y découvrir la culture des algues.

    Sur les traces des grands explorateurs

    Suivez Gabriel et Fènix sur les traces des grands explorateurs à bord du Sedna IV.

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  • Biodiversity

    Species (14)

    scalloped hammerhead

    Common names: scalloped hammerhead, bronze hammerhead shark, kidney-headed shark
    Scientific name: Sphyrna lewini
    Size: 370 to 420 cm
    Weight: 150 kg (330 lb)
    Population: unknown (in decline)
    Distribution: warm and temperate seas, near continents, islands, and seamounts
    Issues: overexploitation, unintentional catches (bycatch)
    IUCN Red List Status: endangered

    Red-billed Tropicbird

    Common name: Red-billed Tropicbird, Boatswain Bird
    Scientific name: Phaethon aethereus
    Length: approximately 50 cm, wingspan of 1 m
    Weight: 700 g (1.5 lb)
    Population: approximately 7,500
    Distribution: breeds in the tropics but can range well into temperate latitudes to feed
    Issue: predation (adults, chicks, eggs), invasive species (rats, cats, dogs), fisheries (reduced food resources), tourism (disturbance of nesting sites)
    IUCN Red List status: least concern

    Magnificent Frigatebird

    Common name: Magnificent Frigatebird, Man O’War
    Scientific name: Fregata magnificens
    Length: 100 to 230 cm, wingspan of up to 2.5 m
    Weight: 1,360 to 1,815 g (3 to 4 lb)
    Population: approximately 60,000
    Distribution: along tropical and subtropical coasts of the Americas, on islands, shorelines and in mangroves
    Issue: disturbance by humans
    IUCN Red List status: least concern

    White Tern

    Common name: White Tern
    Scientific name: Gygis alba
    Length: 31 cm
    Weight:
    Population: abundant
    Distribution: tropical islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans
    Issue: invasive species
    IUCN Red List status: least concern

    Red-footed Booby

    Common name: Red-footed Booby
    Scientific name: Sula sula
    Length: 70 cm on average, wingspan of about 1 m
    Weight: 900 to 1,003 g (about 2 lb)
    Population: abundant
    Distribution: tropical islands worldwide, significant population in the Galapagos Islands
    Issue: habitat destruction, overfishing, over-harvesting of eggs, invasive species
    IUCN Red List status: least concern

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    Threatened Species (6)

    Bornean Orangutan

    Common names: Bornean Orangutan
    Scientific name: Pongo pygmaeus
    Size: 1.5 m. (average)
    Weight: 30 to 90 kg.
    Population: around 32 000
    Distribution: Borneo Island
    Issues: Habitats destruction, overexploitation
    IUCN Red List Status: Endangered

    Black-footed Albatros

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    Laysan duck

    Common name: Laysan Duck
    Scientific name: Anas laysanensis
    Length: 41 cm
    Weight: 435 g (1 lb)
    Population: approximately 1,000 individuals
    Distribution: Midway and Laysan atolls, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
    Issue: reduced and fluctuating population in an extremely limited habitat, invasive species
    IUCN Red List status: critically endangered

    Leatherback Turtle

    Common name: Leatherback Turtle
    Scientific name: Dermochelys coriacea
    Length: 1.4 to 1.6 m
    Weight: 300 to 900 kg (660 to 2,000 lb)
    Population: estimated at approximately 25,000
    Distribution: worldwide, from tropical oceans to subpolar seas; egg-laying sites on tropical beaches
    Issue: overexploitation of eggs, disturbance of egg-laying sites, fishing equipment, plastic pollution, overfishing
    IUCN Red List status: critically endangered
    Considered as Threatened in Quebec.

    scalloped hammerhead

    Common names: scalloped hammerhead, bronze hammerhead shark, kidney-headed shark
    Scientific name: Sphyrna lewini
    Size: 370 to 420 cm
    Weight: 150 kg (330 lb)
    Population: unknown (in decline)
    Distribution: warm and temperate seas, near continents, islands, and seamounts
    Issues: overexploitation, unintentional catches (bycatch)
    IUCN Red List Status: endangered

    Panorama (4)

    Orion Nebula

    Among the many star-forming nebulae that have been identified to date, the Orion Nebula is the closest to Earth, at about 1,345 light-years away. On a dark winter night in areas spared the light pollution of big cities, it can be seen with the naked eye in the middle of the constellation of Orion.

    Abrupt Changes

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    Earth System Properties

    The stunning beauty and prodigious variety of life on earth would not exist without the presence of non-living matter. In retrospect, it seems obvious: without air, water, and minerals, life would not be possible.

    Climate Change

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  • Education

    Educational activity bank (1)

    What is biodiversity?

    Guided discussion to understand what biodiversity is.

    Participating classes (2)

    Projects The mission in your school (3)

    Ecol'eaux

    Notre secteur est en développement et plusieurs quartiers résidentiels se construisent. Nous sommes donc préoccupés par les changements climatiques ainsi que par l’impact des activités humaines sur l’environnement et sur la biodiversité.

    Notre camarade de classe, Xavier, nous a parlé d’un continent de plastique qui se retrouverait sur l’océan pacifique et nous aimerions en apprendre plus sur le sujet.

    Nous trouvons votre site Internet vraiment intéressant !

    Les élèves de la classe de Monsieur Frédéric Pilon

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